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The Big Story: I'ma let you finish, but every celebrity is political now

Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 8:38 am PDT

In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo shows singer Kanye West taking the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the "Best Female Video" award during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow,File)

Today, Kanye dines with Trump. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift helps register voters for democrats.

The most famous long-running feud in music has reached the top level of American politics. Nine years ago, it started with an award for best music video, now it culminates at the critical midterm elections with real geopolitical consequences.

This is funny, yes, but only in the most bizarre sense.

Swift was one of the last global megastars to stay silent on her political beliefs. And all she got for her trouble was the love of the alt-right. Now she’s speaking up at the same time her longtime nemesis is hanging with the president.

It’s a simple but ridiculous question: How did pop music end up here, and where does it go next? Is it even possible for a celebrity to avoid taking sides anymore?

Shem is a music director at Toronto’s hit radio station, KISS 92.5. He joined The Big Story podcast to talk politics because everything is political now – even top 40.